Now Consulting Food Director at Bite magazine and Bite.co.nz, Ray was for many years Cuisine magazine food editor and food columnist for the Sunday Star Times magazine. Ray enjoys sharing his long-time passion for good cooking with thousands of New Zealanders.
Ray is an expert in his field, but he doesn’t use his expertise as a club. On the contrary, he presents it in such a way that people feel confident under his direction, warm to his personality and feel they know him.
A professional chef for many years, he is an award winning food stylist and food and travel writer. In 2008 he was also invited to present his paper on kumara at the prestigious Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery at Oxford University UK. Ray was also one of the star judges in the popular TV series, Masterchef NZ and is the author of five cookbooks.
Aaron Gascoigne & Aaron Freeman
Aaron Gascoigne appeared in the 2014 series of My Kitchen Rules with Josh King, calling themselves the “Corporate Dads.” They finished third in the series. Today Aaron and Josh are better known as the “Two Fat Cats” and with their constant banter and complete willingness to speak their minds, even when they, on their own admission, don’t always get it right, they’re in high demand as event caterers and guest speakers.
Aaron Freeman also appeared in the 2014 series of My Kitchen Rules, finishing second with his wife, Heather. The husband and wife team are these days owning a catering company and food truck.
Going on last year’s performance, the dynamic between the two Aarons is as entertaining as it is between the Two Fat Cats. And the gauntlet has already been thrown down. “You ready again, Ray McVinnie, might have to beat you again,” Aaron Gascoigne wrote on the Two Fat Cats’ Facebook page.